Resources, tips and ideas.
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Resources, tips and ideas
How to hold the perfect Pancake Day event.
Pancake Day is on Tuesday 13 February 2024, but you can hold your event any time until the end of April. Great places to host your Pancake Day event include parks, schools, churches, workplaces, cafes and shopping centres, sporting clubs or even at home.
- Hold a pancake tossing competition
- Hold a pancake decorating competition
- Have a pancake flipping race
- Invite a local celebrity
- Partner with a local business and ask them to match the money you raise dollar for dollar.
Many hands make light work! Get your co-workers, church members, friends, family and your local community to help out at your event!
- Deck out your venue with Pancake Day posters, use black and yellow streamers, black or yellow tablecloths etc
- Wear your brightest yellow outfit, pop on your name badge and get flipping
- Be sure the chef wears the Pancake Day apron and hat supplied with your kit.
- Prepare your pancake mix 30 minutes before you start cooking – this makes yummier pancakes
- We recommend selling pancakes for $5 each, it is up to you if you would like to charge more for toppings
- You could even do a deal of $8 for two pancakes
* Everyone holding a registered Pancake Day event to raise funds for Uniting is exempt from charging GST on the sale of pancakes.
Complete your Funds Submission Form and send it back to us in the pre-paid envelope provided, or donate the funds raised online. Each event coordinator received a unique Pancake Day Fundraiser ID number on their Authority to Fundraise letter. We ask that you use this as your reference when depositing funds so we know who the deposit has come from and we can receipt you accordingly.
Promote your event
This guide will explain everything you need to know to host a successful event.
Download the social media resource pack for promoting your event on social media.
Download, fill in your event location and time, then print this poster to promote your event.
Find more resources below to download for your event including templates for a media release, menu board, name badges and more.
How do I make pancakes?
Pancakes are made from flour, eggs and dairy products, our favourite recipe is from Taste.com.au.
You can easily make vegan pancakes by using vegan milk and butter alternatives and removing the egg.
From there, you can add any kind of toppings you like, such as maple syrup, berries, bananas or chocolate.
Safety is paramount, please read the guidelines in your host pack.
About Pancake Day
Uniting Vic.Tas is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church delivering services across Victoria and Tasmania. We’ve been supporting Australians for over 100 years.
We’re about building capacity and confidence in children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people newly arrived in Australia. We work with people at risk of or experiencing financial crisis, homelessness, mental illness and problems with alcohol and other drugs, by empowering them with the support they need to succeed.
Pancake Day is our annual Uniting community fundraising event held on or around Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is traditionally the final day to eat all the fat, eggs and dairy products in your kitchen before the start of Lent – a time of abstinence and reflection in the 40 days before Easter.
Each year hundreds of people register to hold Pancake Day events in their homes, schools, churches, businesses and community groups. They cook and sell pancakes to raise funds to support Uniting’s work with people living life on the margins.
This year Pancake Day will be on Tuesday 13 February 2024 and everyone is encouraged to join in the fun by hosting a Pancake Day event. If you are unable to hold an event on that date, you can do so anytime up until April the 30th.
Holding an event is fun and easy! When you register you will receive a complimentary host pack which includes a planning guide with all the information you need including choosing a location, publicising your event, and other helpful hints.
The pack will give you lot of tips, ideas and fundraising tools to help make your event a success, including posters and an apron. If you get a bit stuck, don’t hesitate to contact us.
You can hold an event anywhere! The workplace, schools and colleges, local parks, cafes and shopping centres, the main street of your suburb, churches, sporting clubs and in the home are all popular venues for Pancake Day events.
Your host pack contains promotional material and a media release for you to send to your local media. You can download more resources here. Try and make your event really creative so that the media will want to be involved – perhaps have a pancake flipping race or a pancake eating competition, arrange interviews with your local radio station, invite local identities such as the Mayor or local footy players.
You will receive your host pack once you have registered. If you have already registered, your pack will be sent to you as soon as possible.
It’s up to you what you charge but make sure it is more than covering the costs of holding the event.
No, all registered Pancake Day events raising funds for Uniting are exempt from charging GST on the sale of pancakes.
Make your fundraising count so our programs receive your hard-earned money. Please try to submit all funds raised within four weeks of your event.
A. Refer to the instructions on your Funds Submission Form and send it back to us in the pre-paid envelope provided, or email it to us at [email protected].
B. Deposit online via EFT, and pay into:
Account name – Uniting Vic.Tas Fundraising
BSB – 083 004
Account number – 86 163 0143
Include your Pancake Day Fundraiser ID number.
C. Go to a branch of National Australia Bank (NAB) and deposit your funds using the same banking details above.
- Every event coordinator received a unique Pancake Day Fundraiser ID number on their Authority to Fundraise letter
- Please ensure you include this unique ID number as the reference number on all bank deposits
- Please ensure you post or email the Funds Raised Submission Form – including your unique ID number – back to Uniting regardless of how you deposit your funds. Using this unique ID number will ensure we know who each deposit came from and we can provide a receipt accordingly
- If you have not registered your event or can’t find your unique Fundraiser ID number, call us on 1800 668 426 or email [email protected].
Funds raised from pancake sales help Uniting provide support to vulnerable and marginalised people in our community.
Pancake Day is all about local people helping local people. All money raised in Victoria and Tasmania will support services within these states.
By holding a Pancake Day event, your efforts will not only be fun but will go towards helping the extensive community care work of Uniting Vic.Tas.
Use a BBQ with a flat top. Just be sure to clean off any meaty taste with fresh lemons before cooking.
It’s up to you really but we recommend about the size of a saucer or small dinner plate.
When the pancake has been flipped on both sides, is golden brown on the outside, fluffy and fully cooked on the inside, it’s ready!
After each batch of pancakes, be sure to spray the hot plate with cooking oil. Don’t use butter because it burns on BBQs.
Stack 5–10 pancakes, wrap them in foil and pack them in an esky. Polystyrene containers are good for keeping pancakes warm too.